Middle-Earth Fanfiction Awards

Reaping the Reward

Author: curiouswombat
Nominator: Linda Hoyland
2010 Award Category: Times: Post-Ring War and Beyond: Drabbles - First Place

Story Type: Drabble : Length: True Drabble
Rating: General -- Reason for Rating: N/A
Summary: Written for the 'Reap' challenge at Tolkien Weekly. The Pelennor Fields recover from war.


Reviewed by: Kara's Aunty -- Score: 7

A lovely, atmospheric drabble. A mere handful of words and practically no dialogue; yet the power of curiouswombat's pen (or keyboard!) has managed to successfully evoke the reflective mood which Aragorn and his Steward experience as they look upon the flourishing fields before Minas Tirith. An astonishing feat, but not surprising given the quality of work I am coming to expect from this exciting author. I very much enjoyed the familial comparison between Aragorn and Faramir (for I like to think they grew as close as brothers during the new King's long reign). Having them stand by the walls of the city, witnessing together the joyful sight of their people reaping the wheat and laughing with each other and their children, cemented this fraternal scene. Such a moment must surely have gone a long way to healing any hurts which each endured the dreadful war they participated in - and particularly Faramir, who lost both brother and father. Excellent, moving work! Kara's Aunty ;)

Reviewed by: Raksha the Demon -- Score: 5

The author weaves an almost hypnotic spell with words, evoking the sights and sounds of a summer evening. I am always pleased to find worthy harvest stories; since the bounties of nature were important to Tolkien and important in LOTR. This is a lovely drabble that weaves the description of harvest into the greater, grimmer theme of the Ring War and the long struggle against Sauron. Few men have greater reason to find joy and a certain validation in the fruitful harvest than Aragorn and Faramir; the author's use of them fits beautifully. And her mention of the likeness between King and Steward reinforces the struggle they have shared.

Reviewed by: Elleth -- Score: 5

Reading this drabble made up for all the disappointments about the Pelennor Fields as depicted in the third movie; despite their description as fertile farmland in the books they looked nothing like it in RotK-the-movie, so on a personal level your drabble is a wonderful gapfiller in providing the potential that stayed unused in a gorgeous panorama that reminded me of the paintings of Peter Bruegel the Elder. The additional nobility of Aragorn and Faramir, looking for peace not glory, also rang very true and rounded off the drabble perfectly.

Reviewed by: Larner -- Score: 5

For Steward Faramir and his beloved Lord King, looking out from the walls of the city over the Pelennor, once it was healed of the wounds of war, must have indeed been most rewarding, as is shown in this drabble. Words and images are well chosen and presented, although it is a bit heavy on the commas. But I wanted to be there by the sides of those two, looking out over the labor below, and know the contentment all concerned share, even those who do not take part in the reaping of the fields. Nay, these may not be active in the reaping now, but each in the past reaped a far different crop there, looking toward the day when the reaping would again be as it is now. A lovely work!

Reviewed by: Linda Hoyland -- Score: 4

I just loved this beautiful drabble with it's vivid images of the beauty of Gondor at peace.It is a lovely picture to imagine Aragorn and Faramir surveying the land that they fought so hard for and watching the reapers. They too are reaping the fruits of their hard labours. I like the way Curious Wombat brings out how alike these two are. A golden moment captured in a truly delightful and beautifully written drabble.

Reviewed by: Kitt Otter -- Score: 4

This touches me. I think of harvest time as a sign of all things going well. During war, the farmers are fighting, and there’s no harvest or a very hectic one. It’s easy to see why Faramir and Aragorn would want to just soak it in. ‘Normal’ peaceful life must be something strange to them! The concept was interesting, and the writing excellent as well – just the sounds of laughter and swishing scythes painted an entire scene. Quite relaxing! You want to just stand with them for a while.

Reviewed by: Virtuella -- Score: 3

In this drabble, curiouswombat has captured the immense satisfaction of harvest time, the feeling of fulfillment and content, and has amplified it by putting it into the context of post war Gondor. A beautiful short piece indeed.

Reviewed by: Azalais -- Score: 3

This is a lovely, lyrical, descriptive piece, full of that very particular golden light of late summer's evenings which always feels like such a gift. And clearly it, and the peace to enjoy it, felt like a gift to Faramir and Aragorn too; [alike enough to be brothers, or maybe father and son] - what a perfect description of the pair. And the last line says it all.

Reviewed by: Cairistiona -- Score: 3

A lovely moment as Faramir and Aragorn reap the benefits of peace by watching their people reap a bounteous crop of wheat. It's these little glimpses of peaceful moments that I think I enjoy most when it comes to 4th Age stories.

Reviewed by: Inzilbeth -- Score: 3

Curiouswombat is the mistress of the perfectly worded drabble but I especially enjoyed this glimpse of the Pelennor fields in the days after the War of the Ring. The descriptions are evocative but most memorable and satisfying is the budgeoning friendship between Steward and King. Very well done.

Reviewed by: Dwimordene -- Score: 2

Very appropriate! I like the picture painted in this drabble of the harvesters. It perfectly sets up Aragorn's line. Well done!